Royals sign Chien-Ming Wang to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have signed former Cy Young runner-up Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract.

The 35-year-old Wang, who had his best seasons with the New York Yankees, spent last season in Triple-A with the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners organizations. The right-hander went 6-11 with a 5.88 in 22 appearances, including 20 starts.

Wang's top year came in 2006, when he went 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA for the Yankees and was second in the AL Cy Young voting to unanimous winner Johan Santana. Wang won 19 games again the following season, giving him a major league-best 38 wins over the span.

He's also spent time with the Washington Nationals and last pitched in the majors for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013. In 136 appearances, Wang is 62-34 with a 4.37 ERA.